Do you think getting online should be cheap and stress free?
We certainly do! Many businesses need a relatively simple site, but they need it to look professional and they don’t want to have to spend months learning how to do it themselves. Website designers are often expensive and where do you even start choosing? How many hidden costs are there and how on earth will you keep it up to date?
We offer you an opportunity to get online, stress free! We have designed our service specifically to cater for small businesses, charities and clubs who need a smart, effective, well written site. All our sites are built in what’s known as a “Content Management System”. Put simply, it allows us to build your site quickly and efficiently, and makes it fast and easy to keep the site up to date.
All this means we can offer you a full website design service free of charge when you pay us to host and maintain your website. They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, so what’s the catch? Well, there are limits on how big a site we’ll produce, and if you want to run an online shop, dating service, search engine or similar then we can’t help you (but we know people who can). This is what our sites include:
- Up to 7 pages designed for you. You can add more later yourself, as many as you want in fact!
- A contact form so visitors can easily email you.
- Your own UK domain name, for example yourcompany.co.uk or yourcharity.org.uk
- Advice on effective writing. As well as designing your site we can help you tweak your text to make it more effective at reaching your audience and more “search engine friendly”.
- Site optimisation. We will tweak your site to help search engines direct visitors to your site more effectively.
- Image preparation and insertion. You can send us photos, logos etc. in any standard format, size etc. and we will adjust them so they are ready for the web.
- Customised layout, look and feel. Our sites are based on a range of standard layouts to make the build process more efficient. Each site is customised to suit your needs, from using colours that tie in with your logo to adjusting menu sizes and layouts. If you want to know what that means in practice, look at some of our portfolio of previous work.
- A real person designing your site. We’re not offering some DIY site building service; we are a family business and you will have a specific contact who will help you through the whole process.
- A site a bit like this one. This site is designed the same way we put together our clients’ websites. Of course yours will be designed around your needs so will look different, but, well, you get the idea!
Plus ongoing maintenance
Once your site is up and running we will keep it running effectively for you with our inclusive maintenance package. We don’t just handle site updates, we take an active role in ensuring your site is up-to-date and fully effective. Our package includes:
- All amendments to the text on your site (usually made within 48 hours). Just email them to us and we’ll sort it out.
- Preparation and upload of new or replacement images (photos, logos etc.) up to 25 new/revised images a year. Just email your pics and we’ll prepare and add them.
- Monthly back-up of your site. This ensures if there is ever a problem with your site we can quickly restore an up-to-date version.
- Monthly link check and website quality check. Each month we check all your links work OK, correct any that are faulty and notify you of any sites you link to that have disappeared. We’ll also check over your site and make sure everything is still running smoothly and looking good.
- Statistics. We’ll give you access to statistics that show how your site is being used and how many people are visiting.
- Regular reminders. With other things calling on your time it’s often easy to overlook updating your website. We’ll provide regular reminders to think about adding new content or updating sections of the site which are getting a bit tired.
- Technical support. We’ll provide a full technical support service. If you occasionally make updates yourself, we’ll help out with any problems you have.
- New pages. If you occasionally need to add a new page we can sort that too. We will create up to 5 new pages a year for you and add content to them. If you want to add more yourself that’s fine too, and we’re here to help if anything goes wrong.
You don’t get
- A full graphic design service. All our sites are built around a framework which allows us to build and customise them to fit your needs quickly and cost effectively. If you want every element of your design to be crafted by a graphic designer then our service is not for you. If this is the type of service you are looking for we can put you in touch with some great people who can help you, but this sort of work will come at a price.
- To move your site within the first 3 years. We make our money from hosting and managing people’s websites. We charge no more for this than many other providers and offer top-quality hosting for your site. As such if you want to move your site to another host you are able to do so but you will need to pay for the remainder of your 3 years hosting.
- Custom databases, scripts, flash etc. etc. If you have specific requirements we can probably help or put you in touch with someone who can, but there may be extra costs involved.
- Logo design. But we work with some great graphic designers who can help you for an extra cost.
If that sounds like it would work for you, get in touch and we can start the ball rolling.
Hosting and maintenance costs £420 per year and includes hosting, routine management and updates and domain name renewal fees.